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How To Choose A Marriage Counselor To Fix Your Marriage

From Cary, Huntley and McHenry


Relationship problems can cause untold suffering and can lead to anxiety and even alcohol and substance abuse. These problems usually are extraordinarily complex.

Getting help in a proactive and timely way is crucial, before your relationship becomes unsolvable. Unfortunately,impaired relationships often cause feelings of futility and hopelessness in one or both partners.

However, surprisingly, these very same partners usually do not systematically search for relationship or marriage counseling for help; instead they just argue incessantly and make their own futile attempts, which just cause more frustration and heart-ache.

Do not make any more mistakes than you have already. The solution that has been proven to have the highest probability of bringing you and your partner back together is relationship counseling. You have motivation now, so call a professional counselor and start to mend your relationship before it is too late!

People who realize their marriage is in trouble and have not been able to improve it themselves desperately need this form of counseling. However, most marital counselors tend to be neutral and nondirective.

On the other hand, others adopt the approach that they should be forthright and call it the way they see it. They see their role as that of directly coaching or teaching them to solve the problems that are destroying their marriage.

In most cases when marriage counseling is unsuccessful, the reason is that the non-directive approach is used as the counselors primary method. On the other hand, when the directive approach is used, counselors encourage couples to pick specific goals for their therapy sessions and the steps to solution are quicker and clearer.

A good counselor helps husband and wife to get their goals established. Then a plan is developed to achieve them.

Before you begin counseling, talk to several counselors in order to learn about their training and orientation. Here are some points to understand before committing yourself to marital counseling with any particular therapist.

The therapist should be willing to provide a resume which describes his education and experience in couples therapy. Find out whether your prospective therapist as more experience in saving existing marriages or in helping people getting over divorce.

Find out if your prospective counselor believes that divorce can be an option under the right circumstances. The answer might affect your choice.

A particularly sticky problem exists if one partner wants to end marriage and the other does not. Each counselor handles that problem differently but a marriage counselor should not just help each of the partners solve their problems individually, but focus on relationship issues instead.

To an important degree, the outcome of your marriage counseling will depend on the type of therapy you are receiving; and remember that salvaging your relationship is a responsibility shared between you and your counselor. Select a counselor who has a high percentage of couples staying together after completion of their counseling.

Before you begin counseling, talk to several counselors in order to learn about their training and orientation. Here are some points to understand before committing yourself to marital counseling with any particular therapist.


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